Smartphones, Televisions and Sleep Deprivation

When I was younger, I often wondered why my parents had such an early bed time for us. We were youngsters, we did not tire easily. Sleeping all night seemed like such a waste of time and I could not wait to be a grown-up so that I could stay up all night like my parents. Only when I got older did I understand what being tired was all about. And only after I had pulled a few all-nighters did I begin to understand the toll that sleep deprivation took on my body. A third of our life is spent sleeping, but that’s only if we are fortunate enough to get a good night’s sleep every night. In college, I learned to cherish every sleeping moment as I soon realized that there are never enough hours in any given day.

The body needs sleep in order to function effectively. Research has shown that sleeping helps us retain information and strengthens our mental processes. We also require sleep in order to rejuvenate our bodies after a dayn6xi10vr_sdfsfpss activities and to grow and repair muscles. Sleep also has an effect on our hormones and keeps us mentally astute and physically sound. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is especially important for young children who are still developing. A child that does not get enough sleep can have serious problems with regards to health and development.

Self-Induced Sleep Deprivation

It is unfortunate now that in many households, going to sleep simply means going to a different room to stare at a different screen. We are almost literally surrounded by screens and many of us have laptops, smartphones and televisions which are always on and keeping us connected to the global network known as the Internet. It is great to think that we are surrounded by some of the most advanced technology on the planet. We basically have access to everything that has ever been known to mankind and seemingly everything that has ever been imagined as well. No one will ever be able to read the entire Internet or watch every video that has been created. The unfortunate thing is that many of us spend all evening staring at screens that give off light and prevent us from getting a good nightn6xi10vr_sdfsfpss sleep. This is basically self-imposed sleep deprivation and it can be harmful to our bodies in the long run.

Recent analysis has suggested that the light coming from our LED, LCD, plasma, touch, tube or other screens can disrupt our sleep and change the way our brain operates. We are the first generation to have such access to so many screens, so there is no reliable long term data available. Our grandparents certainly did not take their smartphones to bed and spend hours per night Tweeting and sharing selfies on Instagram. They were lucky if their entire home had so much as a black and white television set with three channels. They did not have the sedentary lifestyles we take for granted today and their minds were always engaging in more complex and productive issues than the latest cartoon or reality show has to offer.

The common opinion from subject experts shared in major British newspapers such as the Daily Express, Metro and The Guardian, state that blue electric light from screens and monitors can seriously disrupt our sleep and affect the efficiency of our brains. This is even more dangerous for our kids. They need sleep to grow, to develop and to learn. Their bodies need prolonged periods of sleep in order for their immune systems to develop correctly and for various other functions to work properly.

What can we do to help?

It may not be easy because the youth of today seem pretty attached to their phones and laptops, but what we need to do is to encourage natural sleep by banning the phones and computers in the bedrooms. If they claim they cann6xi10vr_sdfsfpst sleep, they can always use the ancient and archaic ritual known as reading a book or get rid of light altogether with an old-fashioned radio. Our bodies are designed to be awake during the day and asleep at night. If it is not dark, then the body does not begin the process of sleep as nature intended. Be strong. It doesnn6xi10vr_sdfsfpst matter if someone is about to post something embarrassing on Facebook or the most popular girl in school is Snapchatting, screens should stay out of the bedrooms so children get minimal disruptions to the sleep they need so badly.

There is also the issue of what kinds of information can be accessed OR shared from the privacy of the bedroom at intimate hours. Removing the temptation to do things that the parents would not approve of is a surefire way to keep the youngsters from making some pretty terrible decisions. Watching television ‘for a few hours after school is fine and can even be considered healthy, but try to introduce board games and books into the equation around bedtime to give all the minds in the household time to unwind and rev down from the information and entertainment extravaganza streaming into our eyeballs. A happier, healthier home starts with a well rested and well nourished home.

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